With less than two months to go until the next episode in the Star Wars saga awakens in theaters, fans everywhere will finally be able to secure tickets for The Force Awakens tonight. Disney announced that tickets will go on sale immediately after the final trailer for the film debuts during halftime on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which will be approximately 9:30 PM EDT tonight. In the run up to ticket sales, theater chains have been announcing special events and giveaways that they’ll be running in conjunction with the premiere of the movie. As it turns out, one of the most premium events will be taking place at Disney Springs and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
During the evening of December 17, Disney will be throwing the biggest Star Wars party this side of the forest moon of Endor (yub nub!). Attendees will get to go to some of the first public screenings of The Force Awakens at the Disney Springs AMC movie theater. Afterwards, there will be a private party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 AM, featuring access to Star Tours, Star Wars Launch Bay, character meet and greets, a DJ dance party, and a special preview of the Star Wars fireworks that will be playing during the Seasons of the Force event early next year. Special food and beverage will be available at Hollywood Studios during the party, but it wasn’t clear if any of it will be complimentary – best bet would be that it isn’t. Other attractions will not be operating during the Force Awakens party. Guests will also receive a souvenir ticket as a keepsake.
Tickets are $94.99 for 2D, $98.99 for 3D, and $99.99 3D ETX. Tickets will be limited, so if you are interested, be sure to go to www.amctheatres.com/starwarswdw tonight as soon as the trailer debuts to secure your ticket. Check in will open up at 8 am at Disney Springs on December 17, and the festivities begin between 7 pm and 8 pm.
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Even as a huge Star Wars fan who is insanely excited for The Force Awakens, I’m not entirely sold on the value proposition for this. $95-$99 is a lot of money for a movie, fireworks, a DJ dance party, and two attractions. For me, without extra incentives like appearances from the cast and crew or complimentary food and beverage, it’s a bit too steep of a step up from the $15 a ticket it would normally cost. It’s entirely possible that there are more unannounced details, but going on what has been announced, it’s still a hard sell.
What about you? Do you think the force is strong in this party, or will Disney find your lack of faith disturbing? Let me know in the comments below!